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2005-12-07 09:24
Earlier this year Wheels24 revealed to the world that Lotus is planning on producing the Europa. Now the car is ready to hit the road.

The new Lotus Europa S follows the core Lotus philosophy of performance through light weight enabling this two-seater to weigh just 995kg.

This low weight has been obtained through the clever use of advanced and high tech materials including an extruded and bonded aluminium chassis, composite body panels and a very advanced composite energy absorbing front crash structure.

When compared to the award winning Lotus Elise, the Europa S has a larger boot and easier cabin access, resulting from lower chassis sides and a higher roof line.

Coupled with luxuries such as full leather interior, driver and passenger airbags and carpets all as standard, Lotus says it has created a "business class" driving experience.

The new mid-engined coupe will deliver high levels of performance from a high torque 2.0-litre turbo engine. It kicks out 149 kW at 5 400 r/min and torque is 263 Nm at 4 200 r/min.

The Lotus Europa S achieves around 90% of its maximum torque at only 2000 r/min to give "super car" levels of acceleration from low engine speeds, propelling the car from 0-100 km/h in about 5.5 seconds, and 160 km/h in about 14 seconds.

Maximum speed is approximately 225 km/h.

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